• Lead Through Community

  • Community Leadership Program

  • The Heart of Wisconsin Community Leadership Program is a dynamic, interactive leadership development program designed to provide a deeper understanding of our community, share practical tools for effective community leadership, and empower participants to be catalysts for positive change. 

    Purpose:
    To empower participants to be catalysts for positive change by providing a deeper understanding of our community and by sharing practical tools for effective community leadership.

    2021 - 2022 Heart of Wisconsin Community Leadership Applications Available
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    Click here for the application

    Key Skills and Knowledge Learned
    - Organizational and community leadership skills
    - Personal and interpersonal skills
    - Local economic development and local/county economy
    - The basics about local, county and state government
    - A solid background on issues related to Education, Health and Human Services, Governmental Systems, and Economic Development
    - Hands-on Leadership Skills including Conflict Resolution, Working with Groups, Influencing Change, and Networking

    Who should participate?
    - Anyone interested in community involvement.
    - Anyone interested in enhancing skills of leadership.

    What is the Time Commitment?
    One 1-1/2 day retreat in October, seven full-day sessions (once a month) November through May, community project meetings, and program graduation spread over eight months. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. This program will also provide participants with opportunities to interact with various community leaders.

    Applications
    Corporations, individuals, organizations or other businesses may nominate applicants. Forms will be sent directly to the nominated applicants when requested.

    Tuition Fees
    $595 early bird registration rate per participant. Early bird registration through September (based on due date listed on application)
    $695 registration rate per participant

    Partial scholarships may be available for non-for-profit participants to cover part of program cost. Any individual involved in a non-profit, non-governmental organization may apply. Selection will be done by the Leadership Advisory Board. Applicants are expected to show a commitment to the program through regular attendance. Class members will automatically be dropped, with no refund, after two (2) absences.

    Contact Information
    Krista Coon, Vice President 
    Email: vp@wisconsinrapidschamber.com

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    What is Teen Leadership? 

    Teen Leadership is an opportunity for students to learn and cultivate their leadership skills within Central Wisconsin. The program was recently facilitated by local high schools such as Pittsville, Wisconsin Rapids, Nekoosa, Port Edwards, and Assumption.  This program runs once a month with leadership development and general information on the local communities. Thirty-five students will be participating in the program. These students will include sophomores and juniors. The retreat will kick off in October. Each session will include a facilitator, course material, snacks, lunches, travel, and more. 

     

    Does this format sound familiar? It sure does! The Heart of Wisconsin runs a very similar program called Community Leadership. This program has been successfully growing leaders in our communities for the last 32 years.  

     

    The Heart of Wisconsin is eager to grow the future youth leaders in the community through this program and partnership.  

     

    As the Heart of Wisconsin begins to take on this program, we are looking to our community partners to support the development of our youth. Teen Leadership is a great opportunity to be visible to not only students but parents, educators, and businesses.  

     

    We hope to partner with local businesses, such as yourself, to provide the experiences these future leaders are craving.  

     

    Sponsorships are available to partner on this program. 

     

    Beyond a Leader $1,200.00 one-year commitment  

    Two-year commitment, $2000.00 

    • Your business logo will be featured on course material and binder. 
    • Your business name will be included in local radio segments as students are featured.  
    • Your business name will be listed on press releases. 
    • Your logo will be showcased on social media platforms, including Facebook and LinkedIn. 
    • Your logo is highlighted on the Heart of Wisconsin website and featured blog articles. 
     
    That’s not all. 

    Your business can have the opportunity to mentor or volunteer as needed to assist the program. Have a one-on-one connection with students by mentoring. Leadership is not just a one-time session but a lifelong skill. Be a part of that opportunity as a Beyond a Leader sponsor. Additionally, some volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the year.   

     
    Key Skills and Knowledge Learned

    - Organizational and community leadership skills
    - Personal and interpersonal skills
    - Local economic development and local/county economy
    - The basics about local, county and state government
    - A solid background on issues related to Education, Health and Human Services, Governmental Systems, and Economic Development
    - Hands-on Leadership Skills including Conflict Resolution, Working with Groups, Influencing Change, and Networking

    Who should participate?

    • Students interested in community involvement.
    • Students interested in enhancing skills of leadership.
    • Students that are Sophomores or Juniors. 

    What is the Time Commitment?
    One 1 day retreat in October, seven full-day sessions (once a month) November through May, community project meetings, and program graduation spread over eight months. Participants are expected to attend all sessions. This program will also provide participants with opportunities to interact with various community leaders.

    How does a student participate in this program?
    Students or parents that are interested in participating in the program can contact their School Counselor. Each participating school district chooses participants. The schools districts that are in the program are Pittsville, Nekoosa, Port Edwards, and Wisconsin Rapids. 

    Tuition Fees
    Please contact your local school district for details

    Contact Information
    Krista Coon, Vice President 
    Email: vp@wisconsinrapidschamber.com

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